The Studio K’s S/S 2013 Collection Brings Dimension To Structure And Design
Embracing the latest innovations in new media, her label The Studio K features minimalistic and practical designs. Up until now, she has applied mathematical algorithms, precision folding patterns, and other experimental techniques to create smart and classic looks, but Hong’s S/S 2013 collection presents a neat and refined approach to see-through clothing. Check out the video above to discover the tech-driven organic process behind her line, and read our interview with Hong below.
The Creators Project: Your S/S 2013 collection emphasizes clean lines in various ways. Can you explain the intention and concept behind this focus?
Hyejin Hong: The focus of this show is translucent concrete. Most would think see-through if they hear translucent, however at The Studio K it’s not just about showing skin. It’s about the correlation of structure, form, and detail that you get from simultaneously showing the front and back of the clothing. The architectural structure resembles the piling of objects such as blocks. Like a structure made up of translucent concrete, the lines of the exterior appear conspicuously. It is through this sort of dimensional experiment that my collection was made with such unique form and detail.
From the outside, the pieces are visually concise, while also conveying an experimental process behind the designs. What was the actual production process of the collection like?
From the design stage, translucent paper was used for drawing the patterns to create the intersection of lines from the front and back of the clothing. Entire patterns were intersected, and specific components of the design were also divided and layered. We made all sorts of correlations in the detail of the structure and form, from front to back and side to side. Additionally, I added dimension to the flatness of the forms by intersecting whole surfaces and partial surfaces. As a result, each piece holds its own unique dimension. The simplicity and class of these wearable forms are clean and refined so that the person who wears them can feel the minute happiness embedded in the process.
ALL ABOUT PAISLEY
As you introduced your collaborative work with CA Plan in your profile video, are you working on any other collaborations?
I have a collection in collaboration with stylist Han Suk Chae called ALL ABOUT PAISLEY. Taking 12 very basic items like the jacket, coat, shirt, t-shirt, sweatshirt, shorts, trousers, and scarf, we styled various looks. We printed out each item onto translucent fabric in their actual sizes and hung them from the ceiling like a curtain. This gave the wearer the chance to test out layers of items without having to first try them on. Not so much a new application of technology, it’s more an idea of using simple devices to showing alternative or supportive mediums to the action of wearing something.
It seems like even beyond your collections, you utilize technology in many ways…
Personally, I do hold a lot of interest in using technology in my works. Finding inspiration from an artist or designer, then using it directly as a focus in my work or even as a means of production process—all of it is very interesting to me. Living in contemporary society and at the same time as a person that will continue to live into the future society, I always hold a lot of curiosity in new technology.
The Studio K S/S 2013 Runway Show